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1/27/14 – 5:28 A.M.

North Baltimore residents interested in the future of EMS services can attend a meeting set for tonight to learn more about the issue. Village officials will meet in the Wolfe Community Room at the North Baltimore Public Library at 6:30 p.m. to gather public input.

Concerns have been growing in the community about EMS response times, daytime staffing, and bill collection among other issues. Administrators are considering hiring part-time EMS members to bolster the current volunteers, or contracting with a private ambulance company.

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1/27/14 – 5:19 A.M.

Van Buren school board members will vote tonight on whether-or-not to put a $29 million bond issue on the ballot this spring. The Courier reports if passed tonight, voters will be asked to approve a measure that would help pay for the demolition of the older part of the high school and middle school building, build new classrooms and a new gym, and would also improve the heating and cooling systems for the district’s two buildings.

The district last asked for new money in 2000 to renovate the elementary school.

MORE: The Courier

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1/27/14 – 5:01 A.M.

A chase on I-75 over the weekend led to the arrest of a Detroit man. The State Highway Patrol reports a trooper attempted to stop a southbound car for a lanes violation in Findlay just after midnight Sunday. The driver responded by turning off his headlights and speeding off. When he got to the rest stop south of town he slowed to 5 miles-per-hour, allowing three people to get out and run. One of the people was holding a small child.

The driver then made a u-turn, crossed over to the northbound lanes, and sped off again. He eventually crashed in Wood County near the U.S. 6 exit south of Bowling Green. The suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Ted Price, took off on foot but was arrested a short time later. Price was charged with failure to comply. He was also wanted on a warrant out of Michigan.

The people let out of the car were taken to the Findlay patrol post for further questioning.

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1/27/14 – 4:51 A.M.
5:10 A.M. – Update

Another brutal stretch of winter started bearing down on the area over the weekend, and it continues into today.  Hancock, Putnam and Seneca Counties are under level 2 snow emergencies.  A level 2 means you should only be driving if necessary.

A winter weather advisory remains in place in Hancock, Seneca, Wood, and Wyandot Counties until 10 a.m. For Putnam, Henry and Allen Counties the advisory is in place until 1 p.m. We’ll see a wind chill advisory be put in place from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. tonight for Hancock, Seneca, Wood, and Wyandot Counties, and that will be followed by a wind chill warning until noon Wednesday. The warning will go into effect for Putnam, Henry and Allen Counties at 7 a.m. today and last through Wednesday.

Wind chills of 20 to 30 below zero are possible between tonight and Wednesday.

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1/23/14 – 12:30 P.M.

A local organization is getting ready to kick off its third year of bringing young professionals together. The Findlay YP will hold a kickoff event next Thursday evening…

Audio: Ashley Erwin

Young Professionals Marketing Chair Ashley Erwin talked about the organization on WFINat10 today, and relayed some of her experiences with it…

Audio: Ashley Erwin

Erwin says she’s also had the chance to listen to other successful professionals in the community and learn from them.

For more information on the group, go to FindlayYP.com

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1/2/14 – 7:43 A.M.

Firefighters in Tiffin were called to an apartment complex Wednesday night. Media partner WTOL-11 reports the blaze happened in the Gold Bond apartment building in the Madison Street area of downtown last night. Mayor Aaron Montz told the TV station there were no apparent injuries. He said there appeared to be extensive damage to the third floor of the building.

So far there’s no word on the cause of the fire.

MORE: WTOL-11

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1/2/14 – 6:41 A.M.

A sex offender from Putnam County has been sentenced for an additional crime. The Putnam County Sentinel reports 56-year-old Jeffery Price, formerly of Continental, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in late December on one charge of receiving child pornography. He was given a five year sentence for the crime.

However Price won’t be getting out of prison anytime soon. He’s currently serving a life sentence for the rape of a juvenile under the age of 13. The child pornography charge stemmed from a 2011 FBI investigation, which found Perry had downloaded more than 30,000 photos and more than 900 videos of child pornography.

The five year sentence will run concurrent with Perry’s life sentence for the rape conviction.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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1/2/14 – 5:27 A.M.

A burglary at a Findlay Verizon store appears to be related to a series of similar crimes reported all over western Ohio. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports there was a break in at the Radio Hospital/Verizon Wireless store at 2011 Tiffin Avenue Friday. Twenty-five iPhones with a total value of more than $12,000 were taken.

The story doesn’t end there though. Verizon stores in Wapakoneta, Van Wert, Celina, Sidney, and Troy were all hit according to the Lima News. Security footage from the break-in in Celina showed three men in dark colored clothing enter the store. Another man was seen driving a four-door, maroon colored Buick Park Avenue.


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1/2/14 – 5:17 A.M.

While traffic deaths were down last year in Ohio, the number was flat in Hancock County.  The Courier reports there were six fatal accidents in the county in 2013, the same number that was reported in 2012.  Of those crashes, alcohol was a factor in two of them, which was also the same figure in 2012.  The number of traffic deaths in Hancock County has been steadily declining since 2007, when 11 people were killed on area roadways.

MORE: The Courier

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1/2/13 – 5:12 A.M.

A Detroit teenager fleeing from authorities in a stolen van was arrested in Hancock County on New Year’s Eve. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 16-year-old James Coleman Wiggins was seen speeding in the northbound lanes of I-75 Tuesday morning. When a Sate Patrol officer attempted to pull Wiggins over, the teen sped away. During the chase Wiggins allegedly caused a crash by hitting the back of another vehicle on the interstate, causing it to rear-end another car. The van eventually hit stop sticks near the State Route 12 exit in Findlay.

Wiggins ran off after stopping the van. He ran across the interstate, but was found a short time later by sheriff’s Deputy Rodney Griffin.

Wiggins and two others in the van were arrested. No injuries were reported following the incident.

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